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This was our first Celebrity Cruise. We have cruised on Carnival 3 times and Royal 3 times. We were so impressed with Celebrity that our next cruise will be on Celebrity! The decor was fresh and modern, the service was outstanding, the food and entertainment was the best we've had on a cruise. We booked a concierge veranda cabin because concierge didn't cost more. I'm not sure that I would pay extra because the perks didn't seem worth an extra charge. We arrived at the cruise terminal around 11:20 and were on the ship in 15 minutes. We skipped the embarkation lunch and ate at the buffet because we wanted to be outside. We loved the outdoor eating area aft of the oceanview cafe and ate there several times for breakfast and lunch. We ate in the main dining room every night and never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a table ( we didn't choose a scheduled dining time). Next time we will pick the late seating because we ended up eating at the same time each night and we enjoy having the same servers each night. MDR food was really good, considering how many people they are serving. Every night we had a tough time making our choices because so many of the menu items sounded good! For entertainment, we really enjoyed All McCartney LIVE, and one of the comics. In Costa Maya we chose the "Kohunlich & Dzibanche Mayan Ruins Combo". This was a long excursion (8 hours) but we really enjoyed it. The sites were not crowded (on Nov 19th) and the ruins were amazing. The tour guide was really informative and gave just the right amount of commentary. On a sea day we did the "behind the scenes ship tour" and really enjoyed it, especially the engine control room and bridge. We noticed that the afternoon tour had fewer people than our morning tour.

Equinox: Our first cruise on Celebrity (previously cruised Carnival and Royal)

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by It_Is_Me

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class
This was our first Celebrity Cruise. We have cruised on Carnival 3 times and Royal 3 times. We were so impressed with Celebrity that our next cruise will be on Celebrity! The decor was fresh and modern, the service was outstanding, the food and entertainment was the best we've had on a cruise. We booked a concierge veranda cabin because concierge didn't cost more. I'm not sure that I would pay extra because the perks didn't seem worth an extra charge. We arrived at the cruise terminal around 11:20 and were on the ship in 15 minutes. We skipped the embarkation lunch and ate at the buffet because we wanted to be outside. We loved the outdoor eating area aft of the oceanview cafe and ate there several times for breakfast and lunch.

We ate in the main dining room every night and never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a table ( we didn't choose a scheduled dining time). Next time we will pick the late seating because we ended up eating at the same time each night and we enjoy having the same servers each night. MDR food was really good, considering how many people they are serving. Every night we had a tough time making our choices because so many of the menu items sounded good!

For entertainment, we really enjoyed All McCartney LIVE, and one of the comics.

In Costa Maya we chose the "Kohunlich & Dzibanche Mayan Ruins Combo". This was a long excursion (8 hours) but we really enjoyed it. The sites were not crowded (on Nov 19th) and the ruins were amazing. The tour guide was really informative and gave just the right amount of commentary. On a sea day we did the "behind the scenes ship tour" and really enjoyed it, especially the engine control room and bridge. We noticed that the afternoon tour had fewer people than our morning tour.
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Cabin Review

Concierge Class
Cabin C3
Quiet room. Had the sofa closer to the veranda. We noticed that some rooms had the bed closer to the balcony. The wall bumped out around the foot of the bed, and I think every other room had the bed closer to the veranda. We liked this setup, but the downside is that makeup table was a long way from the bathroom.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Costa Maya
    This was a long tour (8 hours) but definitely worth it if you have an interest in Mayan Ruins. The ruins were amazing and the sites were huge! It was pretty cool that parts of the sites were still un-excavated. We were able to climb the steps on several of the buildings. Tour guide gave an intro to Mayan culture and history for the first 45 min of the bus ride. We were there in mid-November and the sites were almost deserted. Very nice! Lots of shade. Recommend to wear sturdy shoes for sure, and long pants if you wont get to hot. There were fire ants and I got one bite on my ankle. Not a big deal, but I would wear pants if I went again. We were provided with a snack bag upon boarding (juice box, peanuts, banana, and a wafer-cookie). After the first stop, they gave us a cold water bottle and a plain sandwich (white bread with american cheese and a thin slice of ham). After the second tour they gave us another water bottle. We arrived back at the port at 4:30 (time to be aboard) so all the port shops were closed.
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  • Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    We had signed up to go to Stingray city but the tours were cancelled for safety reasons (too windy I think). So we went ashore and paid $25 each for an island tour and had them drop us at the beach. We arranged for the driver to come back for us after 2 hours. Beautiful Island!
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  • Key West
    We walked to the Southernmost point, and then to Fort Zachary Taylor for swimming. It was walkable, but we definitely got our steps in. :)
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